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Broome defense struggles against Woodruff in 45-28 loss

By Courtney Hammett | Broome Contributor

Broome faced off against Woodruff in their home opener, and the matchup played out much like the same one last season as Woodruff pulled out a 45-28 victory at Royal Stadium on Friday night. 

The Wolverines exacted a little sweet revenge for Broome ending their season in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Broome nabbed an early 6-0 lead with a touchdown even before most of the fans got to their seats, but missed the extra point, a problem that plagued them throughout the game.

Woodruff answered just two minutes later to take a 7-6 advantage of their own. The Wolverines added another touchdown with the 3:51 remaining in the first quarter for a 14-6 lead, but Broome moved the ball quickly down the field for another touchdown to close the deficit to 14-12.

The Centurions defense then rose to the occasion with a clutch interception early in the second quarter, and the Broome offense capitalized on Woodruff’s mistake for a quick touchdown and two-point conversion for a 20-14 lead.

It would ultimately be Broome’s last lead of the game.

Woodruff scored twice in the second quarter, taking a 28-20 lead into halftime, and then dominated the game in the second half, outscoring Broome 17-7.

The lone bright spot for Broome was the play of quarterback CJ Littlejohn who scored three rushing touchdowns for the Centurions.

“[We had] a few missed assignments, and some bad tackling that turned into some big plays [for Woodruff],” said defensive line coach Gavin Anderson. “”We will get back to work and get better. We played with great effort and will work to eliminate mistakes.” 

Next week, Broome is on the road to face Clinton. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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